Do You Have Plantar Fasciitis?
Q: The day after walking around New York City, I had terrible pain on the heel of my foot. It was so painful that was hobbling around but the next day I felt fine. Any idea what this was?
A: I always hesitate to make a diagnosis based on a write-in question. There is much to be said about getting a complete history from the patient and doing an exam.
Given this description, I would say that you were most likely experiencing a mild case of plantar fasciitis, an inflammation of the connective tissue on the bottom of your foot. This was likely caused by overuse and poor padding in your shoes. Luckily this seemed to have resolved with rest, but the condition can be prolonged and debilitating. Consider this episode a warning sign and make certain that you have shoes that fit and support your feet appropriately.
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